Differences in personality and behavior among different breeds of cats

In an earlier article, I introduced a 2013 study. Benjamin Hart and Lynette Hart interviewed 80 senior veterinarians in the United States. They were asked to compare the personality and behavioral characteristics of different breeds of cats, and analyzed the six dimensions of the common breeds of cats, such as the degree of calling, the degree of being lively and playful, the aggressiveness to people, the aggressiveness to other animals, the friendliness to owners, and the friendliness to strangers.

the above figure shows that Turkish Van Cat and Angora cat are the most likely to show aggression to human family members among all breeds, while British short haired cat is the least aggressive to human family members.

among the aggression to strangers, Turkish Van Cat also scored the highest, while KONIS curly cat, Persian cat, exotic short hair cat and British Shorthair cat were the least aggressive towards strangers.

Turkish Van Cat is the most aggressive to other cats, while Norwegian Forest cat, puppet cat, Berman cat, Maine cat, German curly cat, Persian cat and exotic short hair cat are the most friendly to other cats.

in the dimension of fear of strangers, Russian Blue Cats scored the highest, followed by country cats and leopards. Berman, Colat, Norwegian forest cats, Abyssinia, Persian cats and exotic short haired cats were all more afraid of strangers, while the breeds most afraid of strangers were KONIS curly cat and Burmese cat.

this dimension actually refers to the behavior of contacting with human beings and whether they love to be held by others. We can see that British short haired cats are the least fond of contact with people, which is consistent with the description of British short haired cats on CFA’s official website.

the species that prefer to be in close contact with human beings include KONIS curly cat, Maine cat, Russian Blue Cat, Abyssinian cat, Bali cat, Oriental long hair cat, Oriental short hair cat, Siamese cat, German curly cat and Colat.

in terms of activity, cornes curly cat, colate cat, leopard cat and Abyssinia cat are the highest. Berman, Muppet and British Shorthair were the lowest.

when there are some changes in the home, some cats can adapt immediately and can boldly contact and explore, while some cats need a long time to adapt.

among the varieties, Russian Blue Cat, rural cat, Turkish Van Cat, leopard cat, European short hair cat and siberian cat are the most afraid to face new things.

the researchers also investigated the possibility of behavioral problems in different breeds of cats. The results showed that although the differences among the breeds were not very large, the Bali cat, Oriental long hair cat, Oriental short hair cat, Siamese cat, Persian cat and exotic short hair cat were the most likely to have behavioral problems.

the above study is only a statistical analysis based on a relatively large sample, which does not mean that all cats of this breed will show corresponding characteristics. For example, some British short haired cats are also very sticky and like to contact people, while some Persian cats are timid and afraid of novelty.